Teachers to Go on Strike [Archives:1998/07/Local News]

February 16 1998

Teachers and educators all over the Republic of Yemen are preparing to go on strike if the government does not respond to their demands. They started on Saturday, February 7 to wear red badges, and distribute pamphlets calling for a partial strike – form 4th to 6th lesson – during 7 to 19 February. They are to go on a total strike from 24 to 28 February, and then on an indefinite strike as of March 1st. The teachers are demanding a 110% wage increase, which means an additional YR 8 billion to the general budget. The Ministry of Finance has suggested that the wage increase should be institute on 3 stages: 40% increase this year, 30% next year, and 30% in the year 2000.